Join Us On The Esplanade for The Summer

Fiends of the Esplanade offer the following free summer programs and events.

Healthy, Fit & Fun

Beginning Tuesday, July 12

Beginning Tuesday, July 12, the Esplanade Association will be offering our hugely popular free fitness classes in the park. This year, thanks to our partners, we are thrilled to once again offer weekly Zumba, Yoga, and CrossFit!

All Healthy, Fit & Fun classes are free and open to the public. People of all ages and abilities are encouraged to come and participate. For more information and to pre-register online please visit our website.

Classes will run weekly from 6-7pm.  Participants are encouraged to pre-register but registration will also be available at the event.

Children in the Park (CHiPs)

July – August

Each summer the Esplanade Association’s CHiPs program brings over 1,200 children from Boston-area camps who have limited access to open space into the park to enjoy outdoor play.

Held Wednesdays from July – August, CHiPs includes fun outdoor games that promote healthy lifestyles for children, while exposing them to an active day at the Esplanade.

Free Friday Flicks

June 24 – August 19

WBZ NewsRadio 1030 and the DCR will once again host Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and watch a movie with family and friends on Friday night for free! Movies begin at sundown.

Jazz Brunch at the Charles River Bistro

April – October

Jazz up your weekend and soothe your soul every Saturday and Sunday! Featuring trio Arnie & The Wildflowers, talented quartet ZCK Jazz Quartet, and rotating special guests, The Bistro’s Jazz and Soul Brunches are a must! Guests can indulge in The Bistro’s brunch menu while enjoying a morning of music at this beautiful, scenic location.

Music starts at 9:30 AM.

More Ways to Enjoy the Park


In addition to planned events and programs, the Esplanade is the perfect venue to plan your own day of fun.

Whether you prefer a relaxing picnic or a day of play, you can learn about all of the park’s facilities on our website and get ideas to plan your outing.

Enter Our Photo Contest!

Dog Days of Summer Photo Contest

June 10 – August 19

Starting June 10 and ending August 19, we invite you to enter our “Dog Days of Summer” photo contest to draw attention to our campaign to restore the Lotta Fountain as a destination for park pets and owners.

Photos can be submitted through Instagram and Facebook. We will choose ten winners who will be featured on our website as well as in our first-ever “Dogs of the Esplanade” calendar.

All are welcome to participate!

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